A high level meeting between Her Excellency Nepali Ambassador to Australia, Lucky Sherpa and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was held on Thursday at the Australian Parliament House. When revealed in the meeting by H.E Sherpa that a high profile Australian Ministerial visit to Nepal had not been done yet, Foreign Minister Bishop was shocked. She has said that she has a desire to visit Nepal and will work towards convincing the government to take a high profile delegation to Australia. A good chance to visit would be during the recently formed ‘Consulting Mechanism’ meet between the two countries. H.E. Sherpa also added that Nepal currently has a Woman President and a Woman Speaker, and it would strengthen friendship ties when a woman Foreign Minister visited the nation.
The two countries congratulated each other on being active members of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, and H.E. Sherpa thanked the Australian Government for its help and support to the Nepali public. Foreign Minister Bishop was one of the first to come ahead and solicit help for Nepal during the earthquake.
Talking to the media, H.E. Sherpa said that her priority agenda was to ease the student visa process for Nepali students while applying to Australia to which came a positive response. She also discussed the possible support Australia could have in the youth development of Nepal.
Ambassador Sherpa also discussed Australia – Nepal business relationships and the different steps being taken to increase it like the formation of Australia-Nepal Business Chamber. Also present in the meeting was NSW Member of Parliament David Coleman.